Preparing for your CERN visit

Opening Times

Monday to Saturday: 8.00 - 18.00
Exhibitions open: 8.30 - 17.30

Exceptional CERN Closures in 2022


  • From Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April inclusive (Easter weekend)
  • Thursday 26 May (Ascension)
  • Friday 27 May (Labor Day compensation)
  • Monday 6 June (Whitsun)
  • Thursday 8 September (Jeûne genevois)
Annual CERN closure December 2022 / January 2023


  • CERN and the permanent exhibitions will be closed from Thursday, 22 December 2022 to Wednesday, 4 January 2023 inclusive
  • On Wednesday, 21 December 2022, exhibitions will close at 16.30 and the CERN shop will close at 12.00
  • On Thursday 5 January 2023, there will be no guided tour and shop will open later due to inventory operations.

Getting Here

1, Esplanade des Particules
1217 Meyrin

Google Maps
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How to get to CERN

By car / coach

GPS coordinates: 

  • Latitude: 46.2330 N or 46° 13' 59"
  • Longitude: 6.0556 E or  6° 3' 20"

From Switzerland:

  • From Geneva, follow signs for Aéroport then Meyrin.
  • From A1 motorway, take Exit 5 Meyrin, follow the signs for Meyrin.
  • Once in Meyrin Village, follow signs for St. Genis and take the tunnel.
  • 800m after the tunnel, at the roundabout before the Globe, exit on the right and follow signage to reach the car park located behind the Globe.

From France (Ain):

  • Follow signs for St. Genis, then Genève.
  • Once you have crossed the border, continue to the roundabout after the Globe, exit on the left and follow signage to reach the car park located behind the Globe.


  • Visitors can park free of charge in the car park located behind the Globe of Science and Innovation.
  • Parking is allowed only for the duration of the visit.
  • No parking is allowed at night.
  • Violating vehicles may be towed at the car owner's expense.
By train / public transport

From Geneva Cornavin train station: Tram - 2 to 3 CHF – 21-minute ride

  • Take tram 18 to "CERN", which is the terminus. The stop is located between the Globe and the CERN Reception.
  • Purchase a "Tout Genève" ticket (3 CHF full fare / 2 CHF reduced fare) at a ticket machine (cash and credit cards accepted) before entering the tram 
  • Note that most Geneva hotels offer free public transport passes. Don't forget to ask for one if you stay in a hotel in Geneva.

From France: Bus

  • Take bus 68 (direction ‘Blandonnet’) to the “CERN” stop

See the public transport web site for full details.

By plane

From Geneva International Airport (GVA - Cointrin)

Taxi - approximately 35 CHF – 15-minute ride

Public transport - free – approx. 30-minute ride

  • Collect a free one-hour public transport ticket from the machine located near the exit of the baggage hall, just before the customs control.
  • Take bus 23 (to ‘Carouge Tours’), bus 28 (to ‘Les Esserts’), but 56 (to 'Hôpital de La Tour') or bus 57 (to ‘ZIMEYSA-Gare’), get off at ‘Blandonnet’, then catch tram 18 to ‘CERN’.
    The final stop, ‘CERN’, is located between the Globe and the CERN Reception.
    See the public transport website for full details.